We are always looking for new singers to join us. Shaldon Singers is a friendly non-auditioned choir of about 60. New members will be made very welcome. We sing a wide range of classical music and give two concerts a year, in December and May. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7.15 to 9 p.m. at St Peter’s Church in Shaldon (see map below).
If you are interested in joining Shaldon Singers, please contact Ann Pardoe (01626 873709) for information, or email email@example.com. An ability to read music is an advantage, but more important are enthusiasm and a commitment to attend rehearsals.
Shaldon Singers Christmas Concert 2022
Saturday 20 May
7.00 pm at St Peter’s Church, Shaldon
With Shaldon Sinfonietta and soloists Jenny Abbott, Rebecca Smith, Jonathan Waterworth and Tim Mirfin
£15 (with refreshments)/£12 (concert only) Under 19s £8/£6
Tickets from members of the choir, Bradleys Shaldon and Teign Music. Also available online at wegottickets.com (click here)
Retiring collection in aid of Devon Air Ambulance
from The Helen Foundation
Annie and Roger Kirk, on behalf of the Trustees, write:
We were very honoured that Shaldon Singers nominated The Helen Foundation to benefit from the collection at their very successful Christmas concert. Thank you for making possible the donation of £530. We are truly grateful for the support.
Thank you to everyone in the choir for all that they do for so many charities. Over the last 40+ years, they must have raised many thousands of pounds for good causes.
In 2022, The Helen Foundation benefited over 2,000 young people across Teignbridge, through 34 school-based arts workshops, individual bursaries, THF Awards and special arts projects in and out of schools. The Singers' donation will help the Foundation in 2023 to maintain its encouragement of young people to experience the excitement and challenges of the arts.
Thank you again for your support of the charity. We really appreciate it!
CHRISTMAS CONCERT - In memory of Ro Rickett
Saturday 3 December
Both the Singers and an appreciative audience enjoyed a memorable Christmas concert dedicated to Rosemary Rickett. An enthusiastic singer in the second sopranos, past chairman and committee member, and long-standing friend to many, Ro was influential in the development of the choir. She died in 2020.
The Singers were accompanied by organist Andrew Millington in a programme of festive music. Several members of Ro’s family were able to attend, some coming from as far afield as Cambridge.
The Revd Sue Astbury read a touching tribute, ‘Memories of Ro’, and the choir sang one of her favourite pieces of music, Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus.
Leon Winston gave a short talk describing the work of the Helen Foundation, and £530 was raised for the charity in the retiring collection.
Chairman Ann Pardoe said: ‘When Ro became Chairman in 2001, she had a clear vision of how she wanted the Singers to develop as a choral society. The choir flourished under her watchful eye, and she was the leading light in the development of the Singers. In her final report as Chairman in 2007, Ro said that since she had joined the choir, she had seen the Singers treble their membership and grow from strength to strength in their performances. This was in a great part due to her inspiration.
‘Her great enjoyment was always evident in the enthusiastic way that she sang. When she became gravely ill, one of her wishes was to be remembered by all of us singing together, particularly in the carols for choir and audience.’
Everyone in St Peter’s Church was happy to fulfil her wish.
A letter from Ro's family
We so enjoyed the concert at St Peter’s, and wanted to write to thank you, and the choir so very much for such a moving tribute to Ro. It was lovely to be back in Shaldon and to be part of the audience on such a special night. It brought back so many warm memories - the choir was such a strong part of her life and she valued so much the continuity and the friendships she built.
It was a beautiful programme, a lovely emotional range, and we loved the chance to join in after the interval - exactly what she wanted. So nice to be able to do that, now that the restrictions have been lifted.
We also loved Sue’s tribute - the stories captured our mum’s mischievous sense of humour that was so special. It really was a vivid occasion - in our minds' eyes, she was present and that made it all the more moving. So wonderful to have the chance to join in - exactly what she had asked for!!
Please pass our heartfelt thanks to the Singers - so very wonderful to see and hear them in such good voice. It was a beautiful tribute - moving, joyful and fun. Thank you.
SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2022 - you can read our latest newsletter by clicking the link below.
We have made a recording of ourselves singing the Mozart Ave Verum Corpus. You can listen to the finished recording below.
If you would like to make a donation to help with choir funds, we would be very grateful. You can do so through the Charities Aid Foundation using the Donate button below.
SHALDON SINGERS is a charity with a Registered Charity Number of 1164387